Psychologist Dr Magnus Paul is tasked with the patients of Dortmund Asylum – nine criminally insane souls hidden from the world due to the extremity of their acts.
Magnus has six weeks to prove them sane for transfer to a maximum-security prison, or label them as incurable and recommend a death sentence under a new government act.
As Magnus delves into the darkness of the incarcerated minds, his own sanity is challenged. Secrets squeeze through the cracks of the asylum, blurring the line between reality and nightmare, urging Magnus towards a new life of crime…
The rural western town of Dortmund and its inhabitants are the backdrop to the mayhem on the hill.
It's Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.
Wow, what a ride this book is and one that I was least expecting. It is thrilling and exciting but also dark and depraved. In Dortmund Hibernate we have a story of an asylum and its inhabitants. Dr Magnus Paul, Psychologist has the unenviable task of talking to nine of them and we get to hear their stories and find out a little more about Dr Magnus Paul himself.
I am not really going to give away much more of the book than that. You really need to read it yourself to get to the bones of it (quite apt given the subject matter!).
Dortmund Hibernate is a book that I had to read some bits behind a cushion, not for the faint of heart or people that don't want to read anything too gruesome.
Although being a thrilling book there are some important points tackled amongst these pages. It has made me think about the use of asylums and the isolation they bring and also whether they are the most appropriate things. Also something else that I have questioned for a long time is raised here, are certain crimes committed because the perpetrator is mentally unwell or is the person just evil.
Dortmund Hibernate is a book that is going to remain with me for a long time. C J Sutton is a promising new voice in the world of Psychological thrillers. The description of Shutter Island meets Silence of the Lambs is very apt so if this your thing I think you would definitely like this one.
About the Author:
C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Communication with majors in journalism and creative writing, and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.
As a professional writer C.J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate is his debut novel.
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